On the way to the conference fall had settled in nicely with its yellows, oranges and even browns, but upon my return 4 days later winter had descended and left a mystical white and green wonderland. There will be several posts that focus on the pictures I took as I believe I added about 1.5 hours to my journey on the way home as I stopped repeatedly at designated view spots and on the shoulder of the road, as safely as possible, clicking the beauties of the mountains, 360 degrees around me.
One of the most interesting moments was stopping as I ascended into the mountains, removing myself from my vehicle, and realizing that my car and the music I was listening to inside were the only sounds to be heard. Nature was silent. There was not a person or vehicle around that could disturb the peace and even near by animals were docile, perhaps sensing the beginning of winter. I leaned on my car and just observed, listened, and thought for a while. A delightful treat in the mountains.
Here are three shots taken at the Jasper Park Lodge of a lake near the hotel. I am having fun playing with my computer photo program. Let me know if you have a preference.
Number one has a boost of colour and I really like the digital looking reflection of the mountains and clouds in the water.
Number two looks like it should be in colour, but on second glance the eye notices the only colour is yellow, thus the sepia version of the picture. Still the gradations of colour are quiet interesting.
In black and white the third shot still gives the eye a sense of the layers of tones, highlights, shadows and hues. Looks like an old postcard with a modern twist of clear lines.
I like them all but for different reasons. The joys of photography and computer programs!